For Santa Origin Story ‘Klaus,’ Production Designers Used Innovative 2D

With director Sergio Pablos’ “Klaus” (Netflix), the innovative 2D Santa origin story, Annie-nominated production designers Szymon Biernacki and Marcin Jakubowski achieved a unique retro look, channeling Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” but looking forward instead of back.“Our mission was to revive 2D animation and make it relevant again for audiences,” said Jakubowski, who filled in the gap with new tracking software for volumetric lighting and texturing around characters to make them stand out more in the environments.

“But we had to operate within the broad appeal visual language that we are all used to.

We couldn’t get too experimental.”Disney is in Pablos’ DNA: he worked on “Tarzan” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the ’90s.

“But our inspiration was Eyvind Earle with his backgrounds from ‘Sleeping Beauty,’” said Jakubowski, “and also his personal work, including the Christmas postcards.

It looks like Scandinavia in winter and

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